The coterminal degree program allows Stanford undergraduate students to study for a master's degree while completing their bachelor's degree(s). Although coterms have the same BS and MS degree requirements, being able to pursue the degrees in tandem can shorten the timeline to graduation. Recent statistics show that 18 percent of engineering coterms are able to finish both degrees in four years, and nearly 70 percent wrap up both degrees in five years or less.
All coterm applicants should read through the Stanford Bulletin: Coterminal Degrees information.
In addition, an informative article about coterms can be found on the School of Enginnering website.
In general, interested applicants with strong academic records are eligible to apply when they’ve earned 120 units toward their bachelor’s degrees. Students should apply to the coterm program no later than the quarter prior to the expected completion of the undergraudate degree (e.g. Winter quarter of Senior year prior to Spring quarter graduation). For detailed eligibility conditions, please consult the Applying to Coterm page on the Registrar's website.
Applicants to the EE coterm are not required to be majoring in EE as an undergraduate. Students with a technical background in computer science, engineering, mathematics, or the hard sciences are welcome to apply.